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Presidential Election: Onward to the Past?

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on November 15, 2016.)

Though I voted for Hillary Clinton, I am a product of the American system and a believer in it. 818 more words

Ranking Historic Atrocities: Pinker's "Better Angels."

I have been swamped recently, but regardless of how busy I get, I try to make time for reading of one type or another. In this case I have recently started to reexamine Steven Pinker’s much debated book… 863 more words

Book Review: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Stephen Pinker

I’ve been working on this review for several days now. It keeps getting longer, then shorter, then longer again. I will just go ahead and publish it and hope it is of some use to my gentle readers. 6,627 more words

The Better Angels of our Nature

Or Hope Lives Despite Ourselves….

Jesus warned us that a house divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:25). Abraham Lincoln echoed that thought in a famous speech during the American Civil War. 630 more words

America, Greatness and Appealing to the Better Angels

I’ve been reading “The Sketch Book” by Washington Irving, the author who gave life to the Headless Horseman and Rip Van Winkle. “The Sketch Book” contains both of these classics of early-American literature. 1,149 more words